What's on your workbench today?

peterg

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The cabinet is made from 2 pieces of a 2x4. I hollowed out each piece and glued them together. The circuit is the Noisy Cricket by Beavis Audio Research - I left out the tone pot. It has volume and tone pots, an external speaker jack and is powered by a 9 volt battery or a wall wort.

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It's been awhile since I've done anything on the SG. The weather's really nice here today, and I had the day off, so I figured I'd get a little more work done. Then I ended up doing this...

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Yeah, that sucked. I was pretty irritated with myself to be sure. In all honesty, though, it shouldn't have surprised me. I screw something up on EVERY build I've ever done, so I always have to have plan B at the ready.

Once I calmed down and looked everything over, I realized I could just glue a 1/8" veneer to the top, and everything will be fine again.
 

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It's been awhile since I've done anything on the SG. The weather's really nice here today, and I had the day off, so I figured I'd get a little more work done. Then I ended up doing this...



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Yeah, that sucked. I was pretty irritated with myself to be sure. In all honesty, though, it shouldn't have surprised me. I screw something up on EVERY build I've ever done, so I always have to have plan B at the ready.

Once I calmed down and looked everything over, I realized I could just glue a 1/8" veneer to the top, and everything will be fine again.


Been there and done that.....
 

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Oh no! But! I think this is a great opportunity!

My favorite SG in history is a custom job that Frank Zappa played in the late 70’s to early eighties.
Look at this fine young man:
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According to the Zappa’s Gear book, this guitar was built on a real SG body that was damaged in a fire. The builder put a bookmatched veneer on top (with a contrasting layer of light wood between) and made a new neck with 24 frets. He showed up backstage at a concert in Phoenix and Frank bought it on the spot.

There have been many clones made over the years, this is my favorite:
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What a great opportunity! You are so lucky the stars aligned and made you run that drill through the top!
 

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I realize the tent closes up, but will the weather affect all that nice wood (I’m wondering about the damp weather)?
It was in unconditioned space at the old shop and in the storage rental. No worries. Lumber goes to ambient regardless. The poplar and walnut were actually milled on our old property back in the early 2000s. I had well over 3000 board feet and am now down to maybe 500 bd ft of them left at this point.

To be fair as long as the isn't an issue with ground water getting to the timber that storage unit doesn't look much better in terms of protecting from temp and humidity variation.

I was more worried about groundwater at the rental which is why I had everything blocked up off the concrete floor. The temporary deck I built for the storage tent serves the same purpose and I have a layer of heavy poly as a vapor and critter barrier under the plywood deck plus 2" thick stickers under every stack of lumber. The "feet" of the deck are also not in direct contact with the ground...they are all on concrete pavers.
 

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It's been awhile since I've done anything on the SG. The weather's really nice here today, and I had the day off, so I figured I'd get a little more work done. Then I ended up doing this...

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Yeah, that sucked. I was pretty irritated with myself to be sure. In all honesty, though, it shouldn't have surprised me. I screw something up on EVERY build I've ever done, so I always have to have plan B at the ready.

Once I calmed down and looked everything over, I realized I could just glue a 1/8" veneer to the top, and everything will be fine again.
maybe time for a tele 3 way switch?
and 2 x 1 vol and G&L PTB tone pot config
 

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The cabinet is made from 2 pieces of a 2x4. I hollowed out each piece and glued them together. The circuit is the Noisy Cricket by Beavis Audio Research - I left out the tone pot. It has volume and tone pots, an external speaker jack and is powered by a 9 volt battery or a wall wort.

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That looks awesome! How does it sound? That might make a better bedroom amp than, say, the average JC120. ;)
 

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It was nice out today, so I did more template work. Again, I've never done this stuff before, so today I was practicing the cutouts for pickups & wiring. On the test template. ;)

Now I have to go find the old thread about the best way to do string-through holes. On the body I'm making, the drill press has access to the two end holes only.
 

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That looks awesome! How does it sound? That might make a better bedroom amp than, say, the average JC120. ;)

Maybe. Depends how loud you want your bedroom to be! It’s a bit tinny due to the small speaker that I pulled from my parts bin - probably came from a pc. It does sound good (and loud) when connected to an 8” or a 12” guitar speaker.
 
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It's been a few months since I put together my parts Jaguar and I've had this mahogany non reverse firebird body cut out for probably a year. So I decided to start working on it. So far I've routed the neck pocket, a swimming pool route (to alleviate as much weight as possible), the jaguar pickup selector, the control plate route, carved the contours, and did the roundover. Here it is with some naphtha on it.

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I need to get a longer router bit for the tremolo cavity. I'm using an Allparts neck on this one, but it's a baritone conversion neck. I've already put together a guitar this shape before, but with 25.5" scale, Humbuckers, and made of ash.
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I bit the bullet the other day because I was very very VERY frustrated with the home-grown methods of trying to bend the sides for acoustics and I bought myself a bending iron from the usual suspect in the US. Shipping inclusive it was cheaper than sourcing it locally. I did have to change the plug to an Oz plug, but other than that, good to go.

I grabbed one of the pieces which I thought was ruined in my last attempt, let it rest in water while the iron heated up (takes a good half an hour or so), and went to work.

Wow, what a difference for dummies like me! Work went smooth and in 20 minutes or so I was able to fit in one of the sides inside my mold (mould?). Now it's resting outside until all the water dries out for a day or two I guess, and then it's on to the other side (or a repeat, since I'm building 2 acoustics I hope).

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Cheers,

Alberto
 

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Couldn't resist one more... I mean... the wood was already wet!

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Now I can let it rest for a few days.

Cheers,

Alberto

Alberto, one of the best investments I ever made was a Fox style bender using silicon heating blankets. I still use a pipe for small pieces and bindings and stuff that won't fit in the Fox machine. One little trick is when you cut out your mold keep the inside pieces to make your bending mold. Here are four pieces of 3/4 MDF cut to shape. The bolts are flat head and recessed on the back side so this slides around on my bandsaw table.

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The building mold made from the "outies"

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and the bending mold made from the "innies" (kind of hard to see but its in the bending machine)

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Bending a side

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I do wood binding in the bending machine at the same time. Tape four pieces together and bend as one unit. Here are the sides and bindings

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And sides in the mold getting end blocks

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Zepfan

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The cabinet is made from 2 pieces of a 2x4. I hollowed out each piece and glued them together. The circuit is the Noisy Cricket by Beavis Audio Research - I left out the tone pot. It has volume and tone pots, an external speaker jack and is powered by a 9 volt battery or a wall wort.

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Did you find all the components yet? They're a bit hard to find. The LM386 N1 chip was short lived for me so I changed over to the N3 chip and it's working great. I really prefer the Ruby circuit with the "Bassman" mod. Not a real big difference between the two. I found the tone pot to be practically useless in the Noisy Cricket.
8" or larger speakers make these amps sound better and bigger.
 

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Did you find all the components yet? They're a bit hard to find. The LM386 N1 chip was short lived for me so I changed over to the N3 chip and it's working great. I really prefer the Ruby circuit with the "Bassman" mod. Not a real big difference between the two. I found the tone pot to be practically useless in the Noisy Cricket.
8" or larger speakers make these amps sound better and bigger.
It’s got an N1 chip which I dug out of my parts bin. I made a Noisy Cricket years ago with the tone pot and grit switch. Like you said the tone pot is useless. The grit switch is best always on. So didn’t use them on this build. I haven’t tried the Ruby yet.
 

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Well, I finally resumed work on my thinline tele.

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My buddy and I did the rounding of the body and the neck pocket and pretty much all the preliminary sanding.
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And in a flash of inspiration I went "It should be transparent orange, have Filtertron pickups and a Bigsby." at which my buddy went "NOW that's something I fully agree with!"
 

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It's been awhile since I've done anything on the SG. The weather's really nice here today, and I had the day off, so I figured I'd get a little more work done. Then I ended up doing this...

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@RogerC
bummer, Rog.
Springsteen's guy drilled a "sweat release port" from pickup cavity out through the body of his #1, but it went out the back... hope this helps... ;)
You got this !
 




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